Mom, what do we have to drink?

January 10th, 2017 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Courtney Brewer, Live Well Omaha Communications Coordinator

“Mom, what do we have to drink?”

It’s a phrase I hear often with a seven-year-old and two almost-three-year-olds. They know the response, but it’s almost as if they want to see if you’ll give in “just” this one time. We don’t keep a lot of other drink options in the house other than low-fat milk… maybe the occasional jug of O.J. or gallon of chocolate milk because it was on sale.

This time of year, our skin is dry, our lips are chapped, and we’re feeling kinda sluggish. Why? We’re dehydrated! According to the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® countdown, it’s important for children to drink the recommended 4 servings of water throughout each day. They need it to be healthy and perform the best they possibly can.

If your kids are like mine, water may not be the first thing they automatically think of when they’re thirsty. Here’s 5 simple tips to get your children to drink more water:

  1. Get your kids a cute reusable water bottle of their very own. Let them pick their favorite color or character to make it more fun and personalized.
  2. It’s much easier to help kids make the healthier choice to drink water by making that the option that’s available. Leave the juice boxes and liters of soda at the store.
  3. Infuse different fruits in a pitcher for a fun, flavorful drink or freeze ice cube trays with berries and add this to water to keep it extra cold.
  4. Set up a reward system when your child drinks more water. Give your child a reward sticker for drinking his or her water or do a special dance when they give you an empty bottle.
  5. Be a good role model. The more your children see you carrying out healthy habits like choosing to drink water, the more likely they are to do the same.

Here’s a cute video for kids about the importance of drinking water — because it’s much more fun to listen to what little animated brains tell us, right?

Learn more about how the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® countdown can keep your kiddos healthy at GoNebraskaKids.org! For more tips, healthy recipes and news, follow Live Well Omaha Kids on Facebook and Twitter or join our mailing list.

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